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Can A Democrat Win In Alabama?

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

A competitive special election in Alabama has Democrats thinking they may have a shot at a U.S. Senate seat in a deeply red state. The Republican candidate, Roy Moore, has a controversial record that includes being twice removed from public office.

DHS Under Pressure Over Alleged Violation Of Policies On Sensitive Locations

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

More than 100 members of Congress have called on the Department of Homeland Security to rein in agents who are reportedly apprehending undocumented immigrants in places such as hospitals.

Former Intelligence Official On Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks about the Iran nuclear deal — which President Trump has called a "bad" deal — with Norman Roule, who retired last week as Iran mission manager for the director of national intelligence.

D.C. Chef Leads Efforts To Feed Displaced Puerto Ricans

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:35

The Coliseo in Puerto Rico's capital has become the epicenter of a massive effort to feed tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria. Celebrity chef Jose Andres is heading the effort.

Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:35

The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.

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Nivea Ad For 'Visibly Fairer Skin' Sparks Controversy In West Africa

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:35

The billboard and TV spot shows a Nigerian beauty pageant winner using a product called Natural Fairness Body Lotion. Critics are describing the ad as "colorist" and tone deaf.

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The U.S. Military In Africa: A Discreet Presence In Many Places

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:11

The military has some 20 missions across the continent. Most are not combat operations. But the deaths of four soldiers in Niger illustrate the dangers as the U.S. troops venture into the field.

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St. John Could Get Electricity Turned Back On, 6 Weeks After Hurricane Irma

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:36

"Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of next week," the power utility says. The U.S. Virgin Islands — home to more than 100,000 Americans — remains under boil-water orders.

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How Steve Bannon's Time In Hollywood Changed Him

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:02

Bannon, the man who helped steer and engineer President Trump's recent political success, underwent an evolution during his time in — of all places — Hollywood.

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To Reduce Risk Of Recurring Bladder Infection, Try Drinking More Water

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:20

While it may seem simple, drinking water flushes bacteria out of the urethra, helping to prevent infection in women prone to them. And it also may help reduce the use of antibiotics.

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Top Stories: Police Body Cam Study Shows No Effects; Senate Budget Plan

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:09

Also: White House Chief of Staff Kelly is criticized by the congresswoman he criticized; losses from California fires could exceed $1 billion; and supporters clap a lot online for China's president.

'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:00

Barry Blitt's new book features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work, including his 2008 drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

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Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:30

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras.

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Why It's So Hard To Turn The Lights Back On In Puerto Rico

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:08

Almost a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall, most of the island is still without electricity. Officials have estimated it could be months before power is restored.

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Federal Judge Will Not Void Guilty Ruling On Arpaio, Despite Trump's Pardon

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:10

Citing legal precedents, Bolton said that while a pardon removes the threat of punishment, it does not "blot out guilt."

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FBI Anti-Sex Trafficking Operation Rescues 84 Minors

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:35

The bureau said the 11th annual Operation Cross Country recovered one 3-month-old girl and that the average age of the victims was 15.

Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:00

An early goal was to eradicate the disease by the year 2000. Watch a livestream of experts discussing where we now stand — and what obstacles remain.

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Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:00

A new study shows students' self-image suffers in middle school and junior high. And it's not just hard on low-income kids. Having a teacher who understands the teenage brain can help.

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Virginia Statehouse Race Pits 'Bathroom Bill' Author Against Transgender Woman

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:01

If Democrat Danica Roem succeeds in unseating Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, she'd become the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker.

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Rural Hospice That Spurns Federal Funds Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00

The founder of a tiny Washington state hospice that depends on community volunteers and donations says the unconventional approach allows for more flexible care.

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